Blogs, random thoughts, travel

  • Oops I Did It Again

    With much less trepidation than the first time around, I published a second book this week. “Living With Wanda 2: Campervan Adventures Continue” is now available on Amazon as a Kindle eBook or in paperback.
  • They say You’re Getting Old When . . .

    If it is possible to “inherit” a trait from a non-blood-related person I would say I inherited my love for birds from my mother-in-law.  As long as I knew her, she had multiple feeders strategically placed throughout her yard.  It didn’t even bother her when a varmint like an opossum would dine on the bird seed because she knew it would spread a few seeds on the ground and attract another variety of bird to the yard.
  • Everybody Loves Annie

    We recently took advantage of a wonderful service offered by our local fire department, River Falls Fire Department:  we had them replace our smoke alarms.  Before you accuse me of being too lazy to replace my own batteries, let me explain. 

  • The Broken Wing

    As I write this, there are about a dozen Titmice gathering outside the sun room windows as if they are plotting something sinister.

  • Birds of a Feather

    They say it is a very thin line between retirement and becoming a birdwatcher.
  • Great Planners

    All this activity had Annie super excited!  She followed every step we made.  About 2 PM we loaded her up and left.  She was panting and trying her best to put down the window as we drove out of the driveway.  After the first twenty yards we looked at each other and remarked that we had forgotten our wedding rings.  We decided it wasn’t worth turning back for them.  But that must have gotten Jenni thinking about other things we forgot.  Less than a mile from home, she asked if I had packed Annie’s leash.  I had not.
  • Back to the Ultimate Outsider Challenge

    When Jenni and I purchased our state park pass in February 2021, we never imagined we would only be a third of the way through the forty-seven parks after two full years.  Of course, in those two years we logged nearly 30,000 miles visiting another forty states.  But it was time to get serious about checking off a few more South Carolina state parks.
  • Owl Box

    It was a unique gift that really got my heart racing a few months later.   Last year for Father’s Day, my eldest son gave me an owl box he built hi...
  • The Devil Visited Last Night

    Maybe I was just dreaming.  I closed my eye.  Nope.  There it was again.  There was no avoiding the confrontation at this point.
  • Just Another Ride to the Dump

    Today was just a normal, run of the mill trip.  The employees didn’t speak or make eye contact.  
  • Daaaaa Bearsssss

    Many of our friends want to come to our house to see the bears.  But it doesn’t work that way.  The bears determine their schedule and availability.  I assume they have other homeowners to entertain besides us. 

  • Annie's Antics

    Recently we were just organizing the storage areas for an upcoming trip.  Annie came aboard the van, hopped in the shot-gun seat, and looked back at us as if to say “Let’s get a move on!”